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Install Python on Ubuntu Linux

How to install Python on Linux

to update all installed packages
sudo apt-get update

to install python version 3.4

sudo apt-get install python3.4

How to install Python on a Linux server without root

download python 3
or python 2
wget --no-check-certificate

tar -xzf Python-3.5.1.tgz 

run 'configure' and define your install directory (adapt path to your directory of read-write access)
cd Python-3.5.1
./configure prefix=/home/user/python
make install

add your Python path in ~/.bashrc
export PYTHONPATH=/home/user/python/bin:$PYTHONPATH
export PATH=/home/user/python/bin:$PATH

or, run python using full path

 → Install python packages (pip install)

# install the package NumPy
python -m pip install NumPy

Alternative: Anaconda Python distribution

  • includes most popular Python packages
  • doesn’t require root admin permissions

Installing setuptools (easy_install)

Not recommended anymore, better use pip!

# download and install setuptools (add your local python path)

wget --no-check-certificate -O - | /home/user/python/bin/python3

run easy_install for installing packages 'numpy' and 'Bio'-python
/home/user/python/bin/easy_install numpy
/home/user/python/bin/easy_install -f biopython